Gov. Nixon establishes Lucile Bluford Day

2 years 8 months 4 days ago Thursday, July 14 2016 Jul 14, 2016 Thursday, July 14, 2016 11:54:00 AM CDT July 14, 2016 in News
By: Ben Burke, KOMU 8 News Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure Thursday designating July 1 as "Lucile Bluford Day", according to a release.

Bluford was a journalist and civil rights activist who helped end segregation at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Assistant House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty sponsored the measure.

"Recognition of Bluford's dedication to fighting injustice and breaking down racial barriers at the University of Missouri is well-deserved and I am proud that legislation has been signed into law that will do so," Beatty said. 

Bluford applied to the graduate program at the School of Journalism in 1939, but was denied admittance when school officials found out that she was African-American.

Bluford then won a lawsuit in 1941 after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the university had to let her attend.

In 1984, the School of Journalism awarded Bluford its Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

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